Photography

The Crocker Art Museum’s photography collection is international in scope and diverse in subject matter. Strengths of the collection are American photographs of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as straight, documentary, and street photography. Historic and contemporary images of the American West add to the rich history of the Museum and document Sacramento’s place within the development of California. A broad range of photographic media in the collection, from daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, to albumen prints, gelatin silver prints, and digital prints, provide opportunities for engagement with a variety of artistic processes.

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  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Oak Tree, Sunset City. 1962.
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Monolith: the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, California. 1927 (printed 1979).
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Alfred Stieglitz and Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe at An American Place, New York. 1944.
  • Bill Owens (American, born 1938)
    Our house is built with the living room in the back, so that in the evenings we sit out front of the garage and watch the traffic go by. 1968–1972.
  • Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)
    Dunes. 1947.
  • Cara Romero (Chemehuevi, born 1977)
    Coyote Tails, No. 1. 2018.
  • Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Three Large Gold Nuggets. circa 1865–1870.
  • Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    A Camping Party in Yosemite. circa 1865–1866.
  • Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Big Tree, Yosemite Valley. circa 1860–1870.
  • Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965)
    Texas Drought Refugees in Cotton Camp Near Exeter, CA. November 1936.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Pots: Heaped Black Ollas in the Oaxaca Market. 1926.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Portrait of David McAlpin. circa 1938.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Untitled Nude (Charis). 1934.
  • Emmy Lou Packard (American, 1914–1998)
    Frida's Dresser, My Face Reflected on Mirror. 1941.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #1. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #2. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #4. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #3. 2003.
  • Harold E. Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
    Gustave Solomons, Dancer. 1960.
  • Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)
    New York. 1938.

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